Some businesses hurt by lane change project - Tucson News Now

Some businesses hurt by lane change project

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If you plan on driving in the intersection of Grant and Oracle this morning, expect some changes.

Construction crews say strong winds have been blowing over barricades, even with sand bags on them.

The crews began to shift lanes at 11 p.m. last night, as part of a lane change project.

Traffic on Grant will shift from the north to the south side of the road, while traffic on Oracle will jump from the east side to the west side.

Business owners in the area say these closures have been an inconvenience for their shops.

In fact, many of them had to close their doors for a few days because there was no access to their business.

While many of them understand it's a means to an end, they are hoping the construction closures will be quick.

"You try [to] think positive because people are just dealing with it the best they can, but the mess is just unbelievable," said Jennifer Rogers of Checkerboard Café.

"I've had customers calling [and] asking about the construction. [I] talk my way in saying it's not too bad, but it does get backed up over here," Jack Furrier Manager Jason Davis said.

Crews say they are on schedule and the changeover should be finished by 6 a.m.

Once the intersection project is done, you can expect new street lights, traffic signals, cross walks and sidewalks.

It's expected to be complete by this summer.

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